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“Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday (Jan. 22) he would be open to the idea of medical marijuana use becoming legal in Louisiana, as long as patients were under the close supervision of a doctor and the drug’s distribution was tightly controlled.” – NOLA.com

“At a candidate’s forum Wednesday night, the three men running for the mayor of New Orleans each pledged their commitment to residents of the 9th Ward and New Orleans East.” WWL-TV

“A week after one of his inmates showed up in court so high on opiates he could barely stand, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman said in a television interview Wednesday that the man’s condition was a result of improperly dispensed medication, not outside contraband. Gusman also said he has suspended medical personnel at the jail because of the incident.” – New Orleans Advocate

The Common Core educational standards will likely be one of the big issues legislators will tackle once the session begins March 10, three Southwest Louisiana state lawmakers said Wednesday.” – Lake Charles American Press

“Speaking to The Hill during Wednesday’s March for Life anti-abortion rally on the National Mall, Perkins said Cassidy can’t win against Landrieu because he’s not a staunch enough conservative.” – The Hill

“The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana filed a federal lawsuit today against the Sabine Parish School Board, alleging that officials at one school harassed and proselytized a sixth-grader because of his Buddhist faith. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two parents, Scott and Sharon Lane, and three of their children, including their son, ‘C.C.,’ who is a lifelong Buddhist of Thai descent.” – KTAL

“It may be unprecedented to have three statewide-elected Republicans, all with their own strengths and weaknesses, eyeing the same seat in Louisiana, but U.S. Sen. David Vitter has made it a reality with his announcement for governor early Tuesday morning.” – Jeremy Alford/Lafayette Independent

“Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking lawmakers to include $60 million in next year’s budget to give pay raises to state workers, the administration announced Wednesday.” – NOLA.com

Perhaps we are turning the corner in Louisiana. Perhaps Jindal and state lawmakers, by and large, got it right when they embarked on a course to cut taxes as well as government spending some six years ago. Perhaps we are about realize some dividends from some tough decisions that were not exactly well received in every nook and cranny in Louisiana.” – Sam Hanna/Ouachita Citizen

“A look at Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:” – Lafayette Advertiser

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